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Faithworks Homelessness

We want to see people not just finding shelter, but to have a “home”.  So, we run a range of services for those who are sleeping rough or vulnerably housed in BCP:

  • Essential services such as Half-time, “Connection Stations” and a Helpline to find immediate help when in crisis; plus furniture for those moving into a more secure home
  • Support services such as The Arch: friendship, support and activities throughout the week, and Hope Into Action Homes each with a “community & friendship” team
  • Practical training placements to build skills, motivation and employability; plus our Doorstop shop selling donated items and those made by trainees

We are proud to be founder members of the Homelessness Partnership BCP, working with statutory, business and community partners to make homelessness a thing of the past.

Need help now?

  • If you are rough sleeping: phone St Mungo’s on 01202 315962
  • At risk of losing your home: call the Council Housing Options team on 01202 123 147
  • Faithworks Helpline: call 07842 174241 (Mon-Fri 10am – 12pm)
More information

Help and support at Faithworks Homelessness

Half-time, Helpline and Connection Stations

Half-time (next to YMCA, Westover Road) is open Mon, Thurs, Fri 9am – 1pm for hour long appointments for those trying to get off the street; access to hot showers, lockers, snacks, toiletries, phone charging and the opportunity to talk through issues . We work closely with the St Mungo’s Team.

Our Helpline, is open Mon – Fri, 10am – 12pm

Call 07842 174241

We link up with other agencies to provide Connection Stations at safe places for those affected by homelessness. Meet us at the HealthBus (Thurs 9am – 12pm, St Stephen’s Church hall) and “In Touch” community meal at Lansdowne Church (Tues, Fri: 11.45am – 1.30pm).

The Storehouse

When people move out of emergency accommodation, their new home is often bare. So, our Storehouse collects good quality donated furniture and delivers it to those referred to us by the Council or other partners.

We also provide basic white goods such as microwaves, kitchen packs and fridges, so that individuals can make and store their own food.

We need donations of beds, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets, dining tables & chairs, coffee tables, TV stands, sofas and armchairs. If you can donate furniture (with fire labels and fully functioning), then please call Mikey on 07730 891433 or email using the contact form below.

The Arch – Recovery & Homelessness Activities

Regular purposeful activity and friendship is essential for those recovering from addiction or homelessness.

Here’s our programme:

  • Beach walk – Mondays, 12pm – 2pm
  • Staysafe: support and action planning – Tuesdays
  • Life and Learning – Wednesdays 
  • Resilience and Recovery day including free toasties! – Thursdays, 9.30am – 3pm
  • Get Set for the Weekend (café social) – Fridays, 1.30pm – 3pm

For more about eligibility to join The Arch, call the Faithworks office on 01202 429037 and ask for Charlie, Pete or Georgia.

Hope into Action

People don’t just need shelter; they need a home: a place of safety, a place for friendship.

Faithworks is partnering with Hope into Action (HIA) to provide homes for those escaping homelessness using HIA’s highly successful and unique model: local investors buy a property and then lease it to Faithworks; we work alongside a local church’s “Community & Friendship team” to help individuals or families settle in, build friendships and find confidence for the future.

Email us, using the contact form below, for more details on how to invest or support a home as a church.

Visit Hope in Action Website

Trainee Placements

We run a trainee programme for those moving on from homelessness with placements in our Carpentry Workshop, Storehouse and Gardening Teams. After an initial eligibility assessment, we offer a 3-month trainee placement with their own unique training plan to learn new skills, build confidence and increase their employability.

Our carpentry workshop makes recycled wooden products for our Doorstop Shop. Our garden maintenance team maintains the gardens of several vulnerable households, and we help maintain the grounds of several churches.

Doorstop Shop

Our shop sells pre-loved and handmade items, including high quality wooden gifts made or upcycled by ex-rough sleepers in our workshop. We also sell selected donated wooden furniture, glassware, jewellery, and vinyl records.

Profits are used to help ex-rough sleepers change their lives activity, purpose and friendship.

The shop is in St Mike’s Church, Poole Road, BH2 5QU, and open Sat 10-4pm, Wed 10-2pm

Donations and volunteers welcome!

Find out more

Other useful contact numbers

  • Shelter: 0330 175 5121
  • Let’s Talk Money: call 01202 985104
  • Mental Health support hotline: 0300 123 5440
  • Domestic Abuse helpline: 01202 710 777
  • We Are With You (Drug & alcohol services): 01202 558855

Faithworks Homelessness News & Events

The Big Reveal!

15th June 2022|

Little Victories Event 24th June 2022 A new logo and website is coming! Foundations are essential for a strong structure and so is building on these foundations. As Faithworks turns 18 this year, we

Faithworks CMA Annual Review

15th June 2022|

“Going to Faithworks was the best thing - I cannot believe all the help I have been given from sorting out my debt, to getting me help when I moved to pay the rent,

The Big Reveal!

15th June 2022|

Little Victories Event 24th June 2022 A new logo and website is coming! Foundations are essential for a strong structure and so is building on these foundations. As Faithworks turns 18 this year, we

Faithworks CMA Annual Review

15th June 2022|

“Going to Faithworks was the best thing - I cannot believe all the help I have been given from sorting out my debt, to getting me help when I moved to pay the rent,

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